Works! Fix Chrome (or Edge) is Managed by your Organization (in 3 steps!)

Important I am not affiliated with Google or Chrome and this is my personal experience. This requires some basic technical capabilities and being comfortable using regedit. If you are not comfortable doing this, do not proceed as I don’t provide technical support, accept liability, or a warranty.  If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you!

Personally, I no longer use Google Chrome but it’s the only option in my office. But back when I did use Chrome at home, I would get this ridiculous message on my personal computer even though it was owned and managed by me and no one else. If Google Chrome displays a message:

“This browser is managed by your organization”

This problem can be caused by password managers, such as LastPass and also some antivirus software. It can also randomly disable or prevent you from installing extensions. . It’s also worth noting that if this is a work computer, deleting these registry keys may not be possible or only survive until your next restart as the policies could be loaded as you log in to the network.

You can fix Chrome (or Edge) is managed by your organization by regedit and deleting the keys:

  1. Start Regedit. The easiest way is pressing the Window Key +R and typing regedit.
  2. Find each of these registry entries and delete them. This is a bit of a blunt force fix and does have some risk but it has worked for me.

Chrome Users

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

Edge Users

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

Note: if you have permission issues installing extensions, make sure you delete the values from Extension Install Blocklist. If you can’t delete the registry keys it’s because the computer is getting policies from somewhere else. See notes below for workarounds.

  1. You’re done!

Notes:

  • Deleting these registry entries may disable other plugins – you have been warned. If that happens, you will have to reinstall that plugin. Likewise, if it’s really a work computer, IT may re-push the policies to you on restart.
  • If you can’t delete the keys, you can always try and work around extension install restrictions by trying an alternate extension app store (Edge will let you install from the Chrome Webstore). Just make sure you trust the source.
  • If you’re really advanced and an extension is blocked, you can always download the extension manually and rename it to something else to avoid it being blocked and install it as an offline extension.
  • Once removed, Chrome’s default Password Manager will start again and want to save passwords. You can disable Chrome’s Password Manager in Settings – Autofill –  Offer to Save Passwords (Turn Off)
  • Password Manager updates can undo this and make the “browser is managed by your organization” message re-appear. So you may need to delete these registry entries again.

Why do password managers do this? LastPass tech support explains:

LastPass extension uses a Chrome API that is only ever supposed to be used when Chrome is being managed by an organization. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop that registry key from being inserted.

Reminder: I am not affiliated with Google or Chrome and this is my personal experience. This requires some basic technical capabilities and being comfortable using regedit. If you are not comfortable doing this, do not proceed as I don’t provide technical support, accept liability, or a warranty.  If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you!

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